Not everyone wants or needs a business partner but
would benefit from having a skilled small business mentor: to run ideas past; to set realistic goals with; to provide you with key tools; and to hold you accountable.
We're here to help you reach your business summits.
Meet our She Summits Mentor
Laura van der Veer
Laura is an innovative and creative Small Business Mentor with over 20 years of experience in creating new business opportunities through community building, strategic media, key partnerships, special events, public relations, and key influencers.
She contributes an innate talent in utilizing a combination of creative marketing strategies, sustainability practices, passion for customer engagement, energy, and enthusiasm, in order to ensure memorable customer experiences.
Laura is a proud mentor for the Forum For Women Entrepreneurs for the past several years.
Building long-term, authentic relationships based on integrity, trust, and professionalism is where she shines.
WHAT MAKES A MENTOR GREAT?
Walk the Walk
A good mentor needs to be more than just a successful individual. A good mentor must have the disposition and desire to develop other people. It requires a willingness to reflect on and share one’s own experiences, including one’s failures. Great mentors must be able to both “talk the talk” and “walk the walk.”
Desire to Serve
Someone who genuinely want to see someone else succeed.
Current and relevant industry or organizational knowledge, expertise, and/or skills. The best mentors have deep knowledge in an area that the mentee wishes to develop.
A willingness to share failures and personal experiences. Mentors need to share both their “how I did it right” and their “how I did it wrong” stories. Both experiences provide valuable opportunities for learning.
A growth mindset and learning attitude. The best teachers have always been and always will be those who remain curious learners themselves. Would you rather be advised by someone whose mind is shut because he knows it all or by someone whose mind is open because she is always looking to deepen her knowledge?
Listening & Curiosity
Skill in developing others. This includes the very real skills of: active listening, asking powerful, open-ended questions, self-reflection, providing feedback and being able to share stories that include personal anecdotes, case examples, and honest insight.
Free Private Discover Session 60 Minutes
$75 Private 60 Minute Session
$40 Private 30 Minute Session
$80 Private 15 min Calls/Zoom Sessions (4 calls)
$75 Pay It Forward 60 Minute Mentorship Session
Invest in yourself
Invest in a business or woman you know could use a little help reaching her summit
Simply book a FREE discovery session to see if we are a good fit to help you reach your business summits. Once we establish your goals, we will know how to customize your plan.
Perhaps you want a session to work through one specific challenge? Maybe you want a bi-weekly, weekly, monthly or quarterly session? Maybe you need someone to check in on you for accountability measures?
We've got you. Let's book your first session and we'll work with you based on your budget and your goals to help you rise to your next summit!
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We Love Doing These Things + More
We can show, educate & empower you and your team to see and feel the power of human connection and providing “share worthy” guest experiences. It is extraordinary when you invest in creating a community & warm space, whether it's online or face-to-face, that make your guests feel welcome, at ease and heard. Creating such communities can increase revenue, amplify brand recognition and increase retention.
Stakeholder & Customer Research
Customer Journey Mapping
We specialize in collaborating & building authentic relationships with targeted influencers, ambassadors & affiliates. Micro influencers are a great way to gain exposure for your brand and increase the credibility of your products and/or service. We will align your business with the ideal micro influencers and brand ambassadors to increase your brand recognition & create a community surrounding your brand.
We use experiential marketing as a business growth strategy that engages consumers using branded experiences. These experiences may include an event, a part of an event, or a pop-up activation not related to any event. It's been proven that experiential marketing can help humanize brands and create experiences that leave people with lasting, positive brand impressions. These experiences are real-life and in person and can be combined with social and content to amplify efforts across all channels.
Goal Setting + Accountability
We all need to be held accountable and it sure feels good to have strategies to stay on course.
This work is so helpful to move through with someone else, someone whose practiced at seeing many companies navigate this terrain.
Basic Business Start-Up
With a background in nutrition and years of working with sustainability-focused businesses, this work is incredibly important to us.
Connections and community are everything in business! We love connecting awesome people and ideas.
Environmental Product Development
Environmental Packaging & Labeling
“COMMUNITY STEWARD, CHAMPION, INSPIRATION - LAURA VAN DER VEER; WALKED INTO A COMMUNITY WHERE I WAS JOINTLY PARTICIPATING IN A BUSINESS LAUNCH, FOUND THE PULSE OF THE COMMUNITY AND WENT TO THE FURTHEST MARGINS OF INSPIRATION TO INVIGORATE, INSPIRE AND COMPEL THIS SMALL VILLAGE'S CITIZENS. LAURA’S UNIQUE PERSONALITY, ENERGY AND EARNEST ENTHUSIASM IS UNSTOPPABLE, CONTAGIOUS AND HELPS RESONATE A BRAND LAUNCH.”
“WORKING WITH LAURA IS LIKE BEING IN A CREATIVE PLAYGROUND, WHERE INSPIRATION, KINDNESS, AND WISDOM MAKE THE CREATIVE VISION A POSSIBILITY. SHE’LL BRING OUT THE BEST FOR YOUR BRAND TO SHINE, AND MAKE THINGS BRIGHTER FOR YOUR BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY!”
MICHELLE BARILE, MANAGER WEST BROADWAY BIA
“LAURA CARES. THAT’S WHAT MAKES LAURA DIFFERENT FROM OTHER BRANDING/CONSULTING COMPANIES. OFTEN WE SEE PEOPLE JUST DO BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO, BUT SHE DOES BECAUSE SHE CARES. THE MOTIVATION COMES FROM COMPLETELY DIFFERENT PLACE. SHE IS TRUSTWORTHY, ENGAGING AND WARM, AND LISTENING TO YOU WITH HER WHOLE PRESENCE.”
KRIS KIM, OWNER, GARU FOODS
“LAURA HAS ALWAYS BEEN AN AMAZING MENTOR TO ME AND SHOWN THE IMPORTANCE OF A STRONG COMMUNITY!! I HAVE SAID IT MANY TIMES, BIOTA WOULD NOT BE WHERE IT IS TODAY WITHOUT HER SUPPORT.”
BRAD HENDRICKSON, OWNER/CHEF AT BIOTA FERMENTATION
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Please fill in the form here to see if we can be a fit to help you reach your business summits. We look forward to learning more about you and your business and how we can also support you.